Navigating smooth and rough waters, every ship has a captain, charting the ship’s path to arrive at their final destination safely. Clinical trials, like the Healthy Nevada Project study, need a captain too. But in a clinical trial or study, this person is known as the Principal Investigator or PI for short. Without the PI, our data scientists, researchers, and the clinical team might float of course without this strong leadership.
Diving a little deeper, we asked the Healthy Nevada Project Principal Investigator, Joseph Grzymski, Ph.D. to explain the role of a PI, so you could get a better understanding of what a PI does!
Summing up his job, Dr. Grzymski explained, “A principal investigator (PI) is responsible for the conduct and administration of the scientific research project. From planning the study to working on analyzing the data to finally reporting the results of the study to the stakeholders, a PI has many roles and responsibilities.”
This is no simple task. Dr. Grzymski is responsible for how the study is managed, including everything from how information is communicated with participants to overseeing the scientific research while protecting each participant’s rights, safety, and privacy. Most of all, the PI is responsible for the integrity and credibility of the study’s work.
Dr. Grzymski ensures the Healthy Nevada Project study is compliant with all regulatory agencies while he protects and maintains the highest ethical standards of the study. Leading a diverse and passionate team, the Healthy Nevada Project study has almost 40, 000 participants. Our goal is to reach 250, 000, which will keep Dr. Grzymski quite busy! The Healthy Nevada Project study team is grateful to have Dr. Grzymski, A.K.A. Dr. Joe, at the helm as we look upon the horizon.